Last Friday Dallas Maverick fans a were on cloud nine when they got word that DeAndre Jordan had given their team a verbal commitment to sign a 4yr/$80 million contract.
Scouted by Mark Cuban and his homeboy Chandler Parsons, it was a no brainer for Jordan to join the Mavs and play just outside of his hometown. The pitch was simple “come to Dallas and be a superstar”. It had been expressed that DeAndre was tired of playing third-wheel in Lob City and wanted more responsibility. Last night Parson told ESPN that Jordan was scared to take on that much weight on his shouders and wouldn’t respond to calls and txt from either Cuban nor Parson, until finally informing Parsons of his decision to stay with The Clippers, signing a 4yr/$88M contract extension, but hoped they could remain friends.
“This is something that I’ve never seen in my career, and I know that it doesn’t happen very often. When a man gives you his word and an organization his word, especially when that organization put in so much effort and I walked him through this process and was very, very open and willing to work with him, it’s just very unethical and disrespectful.”
“He wasn’t ready to be a franchise player. He was scared, He was scared to take the next step in his career. There was no other reason other than that he was comfortable and he has friendships there. How you make a business decision like that is beyond me. How you ignore an owner like Mark who is in your hometown just waiting for a chance to talk to you is beyond me.”
“I don’t think he made a mistake. I think he’ll be good in L.A. He’s got a good team, he’s got a great point guard, he’s got Blake, but I think he could have been a superstar in Dallas. He could have been the man in Dallas. Never in a million years did I think that this was even a possibility.”
“I’ll still be friends with him, but I can’t get over the way that he’s put our entire franchise in jeopardy. It’s normal to get cold feet. It’s normal to get second thoughts, but you don’t back out of a commitment of this much magnitude this late in the game and just leave us high and dry.”
“The kind of guy that he is, the kind of guy I thought he is, would never do something like that. That’s tough for me to swallow, just from the fact that I know how excited Mark was. I know how invested Mark has been throughout this whole process. That’s what I don’t get.”
“Be a professional. Pick up the phone. If you’re not going to meet with him, pick up the phone and tell the guy that you’re committed to what you’re feeling, what you’re going through and maybe he can talk it out and help you. But do not ignore the guy. Do not make him sit there and sweat it out. That’s just very unprofessional. I can’t get over that part.”
Can’t wait to see the NBA schedule, im 99.9% sure that the league will have a Mavs/Clippers Christmas game on schedule.